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Examination of Critical Turning Points in the History of American Foreign Policy

The Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University will collaborate with 47 secondary schools in 8 states to addresses the LEAs' need to raise student achievement levels through professional development activities that improve history teaching, and the need for increased attention to American foreign policy within core history curricula. Based on Watson's Choices Education Program, the program focuses on key turning points-from the trade triangle of the 18th century to the US role in today's world, with particular attention to the Cuban missile crisis and Vietnam war. Watson researchers and professional education staff will work with 50 teachers in participating districts to incorporate new resources into their American history curricula, and adopt pedagogical approaches that have proven effective. With continuing support from Watson, the new teacher-leaders will assist 150 additional teachers in their own districts to incorporate the student-centered Choices Program approach to history education.